Inequality, the SDGs, and the human rights movement in the US and around the world

By Amb. Sarah Mendelson

About a decade ago, an academic cottage industry arose around the concept of “the end times of human rights.” Some found arguments about the demise of human rights overblown, but certain elements rang true: The movement had come to be seen—and not just by dictators—as elitist, driven by outsiders, or just plain irrelevant to many citizens around the world. Naming and shaming, standard approaches in human rights advocacy, were increasingly having limited effect. The business model of Global North donor supporting Global South activists exacerbated these problems.

Fast forward. In the wake of the myriad abuses occurring

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